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a $700 phone!

November 27th, 2015 at 10:18 am

We spent the evening with friends last night. We have known them for 15 years, when we built their first house up on the mountain. We have since built them a "cabin" on the creek, which they use for their vacation home. (It is 7 miles from house #1, making it a very easy vacation destination.)
Their 19 year old grandson was there, a very cute boy. He works as a server (waiter) making $2.75 an hour plus tips. That always interests me cause the only job I could find when I moved here, 30 years ago, was a waitress making $2.15 an hour. Tips were almost non existant because locals did not tip and we had very few tourists.
Just think, after 30 years, the pay for waitresses and waiters has only gone up 60 cents an hour!
That is why servers depend on their tips so much.
The young man showed me several pictures on his phone and told me that it cost $700. I found that hard to believe. My first car cost only half of that.

5 Responses to “a $700 phone!”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Yes we got my husband a new phone last night for $1100 (it's on a 24 month plan, but his last phone lasted 3 years so there was one year of no phone payments). Smart phones are expensive. I may even get a "dumb phone " (as my Aunty calls it!) when this phone dies, as I have a tablet too. A dumb phone is just a cell phone you buy outright for a low price, mainly used for phone calls and texting - doesn't always have internet on it, certainly doesn't have all the bells and whistles.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That's 254 hours of non-tipped, not yet taxed work to buy the phone. Over six weeks of full time work! Hope the tips are good.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yes, smartphones bought brand new are quite expensive. Even bought used are expensive.

  4. Kaycee Fisher Says:

    I bought a new smartphone 6 months ago, even the model itself was brand new and I paid $100.

  5. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    I think mine was $59 for a prepaid smart phone moto e? It's fine.

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